Candida. What is it? How do you know if you have it? What do you do about it if you do have it? These are all great questions! Questions that we are asked very often here on Young and Raw. In this article I am going to do my best to explain candida to you, as I feel it is often over simplified or made out to be overly complex. I want to give you tools for balancing your body in general, so that you can naturally balance out your candida levels.
What is Candida?
Candida albicans is a yeast that inhabits the mouths and intestinal tracts of all humans. That’s right! Everyone has candida. When you are healthy, the candida in your body lives in a symbiotic relationship with you. It will help to detect and destroy other harmful bacteria from harming your body, as well as helping to clean up any excess sugar that may be floating around in your bloodstream that your cells are not able to absorb. This is where candida can become a problem.
When there is an imbalance in blood sugar levels, candida will be given the opportunity to grow to a level that is not optimal for the human body.
Every time you eat, there will be a small candida “bloom” as the candida feeds on the sugars that are in your blood stream waiting to be ushered into the cell with the help of insulin to be used for energy. Then, once that sugar has been processed, the candida will reduce in number back down to their normal levels.
What Causes Candida To Grow Out Of Control?
There are several things that support a Candida overgrowth and thus lead to an imbalance. Some of them include:
- Blood sugar imbalances – Poor insulin receptivity of the cell or other reasons that keep sugars in your bloodstream too long.
- Bacterial imbalance.
- Over use of antibiotics without replacing lost beneficial bacteria.
- A nutrient poor diet that is rich in refined carbohydrates.
- Having an over abundance of factors that support the candida, such as prolonged stress and lack of sleep. These two things in particular will compromise your good bacteria balance, as well as your blood sugar balance.
- A compromised immune system
- Heavy metals in the body.
- Inadequate stomach acid levels and other digestive enzymes
As you can see the causes for an imbalance can be, and most likely will be, multi factorial. The body is very wise and it has many systems in place to protect you from things becoming out of whack. It is when the body becomes overloaded with influences that are counter intuitive to health and balance that issues like candida arise. We cannot point to a single causative factor because that is generally an over simplification.
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